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Cookies are used for measurement, and optimization. Tuesday, February 23, , 2pm by visitRaleigh. Raleigh, N. It's a smart, modern-meets-historic destination that has a lot to offer and no matter what path you choose on your visit, we know you'll be energized by the fired-up cultural heartbeat fostered by passionate minds of Raleigh. Here are 30 things in no particular order you shouldn't miss, the of people who had a passion for creating something special, something brilliant to be experienced. Said by some to be one of the most advanced libraries in the world, the James B.
Inside, be dazzled by technological wonders like curved digital display screens, touchscreen kiosks and bookBot—a subterranean robot programmed to fetch books from the 1. Established in and deated as the first public park in N. Among the world's oldest amusement parks, Pullen is known for terrific recreational opportunities, especially for kids and families. The park includes an operating carousel built in , a miniature train you can ride through the park, pedal boats to move around Lake Howell, plus tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, an arts center and an innovative performing arts venue, Theatre In The Park Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre.
It also hosts two buildings filled with galleries, education studios and special exhibitions. Permanent collections include ancient Egyptian artifacts, renowned European Old Master paintings, African and Judaic works of art and innovative contemporary art. In the West Building you'll find the Southeast's largest collection of sculpture by Auguste Rodin, the museum store and Iris , the museum restaurant. Filled with shade during the summer months and rich with color in the fall, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve provides an easy, family-friendly way to escape to the outdoors in Cary.
The acre park—established 40 years ago and named for the atypical group of nearly Eastern Hemlock trees that can be found here—is highlighted by approximately three miles of mulch-covered walking and hiking trails that lead to a series of small overlooks. The 3,square-foot Stevens Nature Center provides interactive, educational nature exhibits and historical exhibits from the Piedmont of N. Up for an adventure? Two recommended ways to get a short taste of the trail—where the terrain is easy to tackle and provides plenty of unique plant and wildlife—are to start at either Blue Jay Point County Park or Wilkerson Nature Preserve , where you'll connect to the MST by spotting and following the white dots on tree trunks.
Headed east from Wilkerson Nature Preserve to the Falls Lake Dam Visitor's Center is three miles, making the out-and-back route one of the area's best short hikes. Make a trip with your little ones kids ages 10 and under to Raleigh to experience Marbles, led by one of Raleigh's passionate minds , Sally Edwards. Delivering purposeful play in a big way, the museum offers themed exhibits deed to build imagination through self-led exploration of new ideas and experiences. From the world's first and only kid-driven smart power grid to hands-on STEM learning stations, Marbles educates and inspires children.
Manassa Thomas Pope. Built in , the Pope House was built in the once thriving African-American enclave known as the Third Ward, which included the block of S. Wilmington St. Today, visitors can tour the home complete with original furnishings, artifacts and documents dating back to Admission is free.
If you are interested in visiting the museum or scheduling a tour, please call in advance at least 30 minutes prior to the tour. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. But restaurants are certainly welcoming guests, and you're invited to dine in, take out, purchase a gift card for later or just say hello.
Go here to find out how you can get a taste of some of downtown Raleigh's best restaurants right now. One of America's most spectacular gardens—a secret among some locals but a sanctuary to plant lovers around the world—is open to the public just eight weekends per year in Raleigh, N. Located 12 miles south of downtown Raleigh, Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a acre campus showcasing more than 27, different kinds of native perennials, exotic plants, rare delights and unusual specimens of trees and shrubs not found many or any other places on earth. This "Eden of rare plants" draws gardeners, researchers and fans of beautiful plants from across the globe each year for select open house dates.
Note : The next open house dates are July and July Tucked away behind Hillsborough St. In the summer months, a free outdoor movie series is a local-favorite activity. Outdoor lovers can use 22 miles of hiking trails, 13 miles of bridle or mountain bike trails, camp, fish and paddle all within the nearly 6,acre urban recreational area. The park is located only 15 minutes outside of downtown Raleigh and is also a habitat for beavers, raccoons, deer and unique bird species, such as the great blue heron.
The state-of-the-art indoor climbing and fitness center, led by passionate mind Joel Graybeal and his Raleigh-smart team, features both lead and top-rope climbing, expansive bouldering terrain and a comprehensive fitness area. The Morrisville facility has the largest and tallest climbing structures in the nearest five states and includes climbing lanes and walls spanning to 55 feet. Looking for big entertainment? Drive Shack —the interactive golf complex that caters to big groups—opened in in Raleigh.
The three-story complex includes 96 climate-controlled golf bays, a full-service restaurant, a rooftop bar, more than televisions, an arcade area, meeting rooms and more. The yard-long driving range combines physical targets to aim for with augmented reality and virtual games. The range utilizes TrackMan technology, pinpointing the flight of your golf ball and allowing you to virtually play real-world championship golf courses or go head-to-head against friends to collect points for hitting physical targets games are tracked and scored on television screens inside your bay.
Located in what was originally the exact middle of Raleigh, this National Historic Landmark was first built in A catastrophic fire destroyed the building in , and the building that stands today was completed in Today, the governor, lieutenant governor and their staffs occupy offices on-site, and the building continues to be used for official state business, including bill ings, press conferences and historic commemorations. Each year, more than , visitors take part in free tours, educational programs and events at the Capitol in downtown Raleigh. At Rush Hour Karting, your entire crew can enjoy the fast track to a seriously good time.
Visitors can hop behind the wheel of European-deed karts which boast max speeds up to 40 mph. You can also go rock wall climbing, play video games, shoot pool, throw parties and for the adults sorry, kids —axe throwing. For post-competition indulgences, a restaurant with 20 beers on tap awaits!
Admission is free, but the mill tour available to the public March through Nov. The Neuse River Greenway Trail —a With views of historic sites as well as winding boardwalk areas and suspension bridges crossing over wetlands, the trail is open to joggers, walkers, runners, cyclists, roller- bladers and others.
Tucked into 12 acres of woodlands overlooking a private lake in Cary , a world-class getaway awaits—literally! How big of a deal is that? No other hotel, restaurant or spa in the state of N. To start planning your trip, you can browse seasonal packages on the hotel's website. Take your own brewery tour with the Raleigh Beer Trail. Many of the breweries will provide free tours to visitors so you can learn the difference between beers like porters and dopplelbocks and sound like the beer connoisseur you plan to be for the future.
Raleigh's food scene? It's booming. What else is booming? Food halls. The trend to build massive venues that hold a large of smaller restaurants—anchoring neighborhoods and shopping centers in urban areas across the U. Food Hall having quickly become go-to destinations for visitors to downtown Raleigh. Here, you'll find bagels, burgers, barbecue and more all under one roof plus drinks and patio space for an evening well spent! With more than beers on tap, the Raleigh Beer Garden has the world's largest beer selection, made official when representatives from Guinness World Records visited in Located in downtown Raleigh's Glenwood South entertainment district, the venue has plenty of outdoor space, including a rooftop "garden" with seating that makes it the perfect warm-weather hangout.
And this beer garden does more than just beer—a full dining menu includes everything from handcrafted pizzas to cheese and charcuterie plates. Visitors have been attending the Raleigh Flea Market every weekend since More than vendors go out Sat. Perfect for hikers, kayakers and mountain bikers, this county park which was the first county park established in the Raleigh area welcomes all to the shores of the acre Lake Crabtree in Morrisville.
With nature trails, seasonal boat rentals, playgrounds, picnic facilities, a fishing pier and more, there are tons of recreational activities to take part in at little to no cost. Fun for the whole family, two treetop adventure courses have big fun in mind. At Go Ape , ages 10 and up can take on a canopy course that includes a foot-long zipline, platforms as high as 50 feet in the air and more than 40 obstacles to make their way through total course time between two and three hours.
A smaller course is available for younger children as well. At TreeRunner Adventure Park , seven courses and three difficulty levels are made up from more than 70 total obstacles that reach as high as 40 feet. On Fri. Open from 9am-5pm daily, the State Farmers' Market, Raleigh is made up of 30, square feet of fresh vegetables, produce, flowers and specialty goods. What's in season right now? Watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches and more summertime favorites. This striking, non-collecting contemporary art museum, located in downtown Raleigh's rapidly-growing Warehouse District , displays new and emerging work by local and national living artists.
Every exhibition is unique, bold, highly memorable and deed to be thought-provoking and transformative. Opened in , this expansive, light-filled gallery space is now free-admission! Historic Oakwood Cemetery , with its winding ro, glistening stream and towering oaks, provides a tranquil final resting place for more than 28, residents.
For years now, the cemetery has told the stories of generations: families who formed Raleigh, soldiers who honored our country and the people of today who chose to rest among its historic oaks. Visitors flock to Raleigh during the month of Oct. State Fair. The state's largest event features livestock, agricultural, arts and cultural exhibits, amusement midway and nightly musical performances.
The fair als the end of each night with a spectacular fireworks show, a tradition that goes back to the s. Up for a paddling adventure? While kayak rentals are on hold due to COVID, if you're lucky enough to have one yourself, there's still fun to be had on the water this summer. One great spot to launch your 'yak? Robertson Millpond Preserve , in the town of Wendell , is a hidden acre refuge for nature lovers, canoeists and kayakers. Opened to the public in , the blackwater swamp property is the only bald cypress habitat in the Raleigh area, creating a unique experience of paddling through a forest-like setting.
Visit Raleigh in the spring, summer and fall to experience major events like these some are free or low-cost :. Discover an eclectic mix of plus local shops, restaurants, bars and hotels in this outdoor shopping haven. Known for it's upscale finds, and also friendly for the entire family, you'll find it easy to spend a day browsing the racks of deer clothes at Gena Chandler or Vermillion , shopping for china and crystal at Quintessentials and picking out monogrammed stationary at Paperbuzz.
After or in between shopping stops, grab some food and a handcrafted brew at local favorites like The Cowfish at North Hills , Vivace or Yard House. Planning a trip? Whether driving or flying, exploring the outdoors or tasting the area's best food and drinks, we look forward to soon welcoming you to Raleigh, N.
From transportation to lodging, dining and attractions, your health and safety are top priority for the hospitality industry. No matter how you travel, or what you do, you can travel confidently. Read below for more details on this Raleigh summer View More. It's now possible to bike from Raleigh to Durham exclusively using greenways thanks to a few recently completed sections of With warmer weather upon us, water fun is a must for families and kids!
Visit one of the world's oldest amusement parks Established in and deated as the first public park in N. Find towering trees on trails at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve Filled with shade during the summer months and rich with color in the fall, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve provides an easy, family-friendly way to escape to the outdoors in Cary.
July 4th Fireworks in Raleigh, N. Traverse the state's longest hiking trail Up for an adventure? Spark imaginations at Marbles Kids Museum Make a trip with your little ones kids ages 10 and under to Raleigh to experience Marbles, led by one of Raleigh's passionate minds , Sally Edwards. Wander through one of America's most spectacular gardens One of America's most spectacular gardens—a secret among some locals but a sanctuary to plant lovers around the world—is open to the public just eight weekends per year in Raleigh, N.Durham looking for fun tomorrow morning
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30 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Raleigh, N.C.